Ole's press conference
See what the boss said in his media briefing, after the Reds picked up a point in the Netherlands...
Q: Not the easiest of nights, but a clean sheet and at least you came away unscathed, albeit with an injury to Jesse. Ole Gunnar SOLSKJAER: It’s a good point away from home against a good opponent, a difficult opponent, a very difficult surface. Remember, they beat Feyenoord 3-0 away from home just now. We made many changes and I’m very pleased. Of course it should have been a win. I’m fed up talking about penalties we should have had, Arsenal on Monday and now. That’s a penalty 101 times out of 100, because you cannot make that decision wrong in football. Q: Should they have had a penalty? OGS: Well a hand ball is always a discussion, but if you look at the Arsenal one we should have had on Monday, that’s not even a discussion, because you’ve got so much time to move your hand out of the way. The linesman today can look straight at the tackle on Marcus and he just wipes his foot off the floor, so that’s a bed decision unfortunately for us. We didn’t get it, so there’s no point me complaining, which I don’t like doing, but there will come a point that these decisions will turn our way. That’s my always positive belief. Q: And Jesse? OGS: He tweaked his hamstring, so he didn’t feel he could risk, so hopefully he’s not too bad. Q: I know you’re not worried, but that’s 10 games away from home without a win. What’s the problem? OGS: Today was the decision of the referee. It should have been a penalty and we could have sat here smiling. Of course there’s many games we could have, should have won away from home, I don’t think that’s an issue. Today is a good away point in the group. If you get a point away and win your home games you go through. Q: You started Dan James at centre forward. Was that just a way of trying to inject more goals into the side? OGS: Stretch opponents, he stretches them. We never got to grips with the astroturf until the second half. I felt the first half we took some time before we got control of the ball and the game, and Dan can play through the middle, he’s done that before, so that was just a tactical tweak we tried. Of course Mason’s more natural as a centre forward, so we swapped him around. Q: Despite the penalty claim you didn’t have a shot on target. That’s got to be a concern? OGS: Yeah of course. You create chances and you don’t score goals. There’s no point me saying he should have hit the target there when he gets that chance – they know themselves. Today I’m pleased with the boys. The performance, the debut of Brandon, fantastic. You can’t see any nerves. He’s so brave, the courage to take the ball forward, great defending, very pleased, big plusses today. Q: You defended well? OGS: Yeah, Marcos Rojo and Lindelof and David, they are the spine of the team. Some of the thinking was having Fred, Nemanja, Juan, three experienced midfielders there, but definitely with Marcos and Victor and David I felt we were solid and it is great to see Marcos getting fitter and fitter, because he is a top player.